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August issue of the WHO Bulletin

The August 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization is now available at http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/90/8/en/index.html

The Bulletin is available in a variety of different formats, including on electronic publishing devices, Kindle readers and as a Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) digital talking book. Abstracts and other items are available in عربي‎, 中文, Français, Русский and Español. The DAISY digital format assists people who have challenges using regular printed media. DAISY digital talking books offer the benefits of regular audiobooks, but also include navigation. For more information about Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) digital talking book, see http://www.daisy.org

Among content highlights:

EDITORIAL   Trans-disciplinary research to improve health systems’ disaster readiness and response – Samantha Watson et al. doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.106120

SYSTEMATIC REVIEW   A systematic review of Demographic and Health Surveys: data availability and utilization for research – Madeleine Short Fabic et al. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.095513

PERSPECTIVES   The role of biomedical engineering in disaster management in resource-limited settings – Andrea Fernandes & Muhammad H Zaman doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.104901

An informatics agenda for public health: summarized recommendations from the 2011 AMIA PHI Conference

AMIA announces that this publication (by Barbara L Massoudi, Kenneth W Goodman, Ivan J Gotham, John H Holmes, Lisa Lang, Kathleen Miner, David D Potenziani, Janise Richards, Anne M Turner, Paul C Fu) is now online, freely accessible on the JAMIA website. PHI 2011 convened dedicated individuals to work together on a shared vision to take public health to the next level of critical development through Public Health Informatics. Nationally known experts gathered to focus on key areas of public health informatics including ethics, technical frameworks, professional training and workforce development, research and evaluation and sustainability. Participants revisited the national agenda developed at the AMIA Spring Congress in 2001, assessed the progress that has been made in the past decade, and developed recommendations to further guide the field. Participants identified 62 recommendations. See the article on the JAMIA website.

 

August 2, 2012 Posted by | Africa, education, miscellany, WHO | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

National eHealth Strategy Toolkit From WHO-ITU

The National eHealth Strategy Toolkit, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), is available via the ITU website at http://www.itu.int/pub/D-STR-E_HEALTH.05-2012

The National eHealth Strategy Toolkit is described as “an expert, practical guide that provides governments, their ministries and stakeholders with a solid foundation and method for the development and implementation of a national eHealth vision, action plan and monitoring framework. All countries, whatever their level of development, can adapt the Toolkit to suit their own circumstances.”

The development of the toolkit represents one of the most significant collaborations in recent years between the WHO and the ITU, the Toolkit is a landmark in understanding what eHealth is, what it can do, and why and how it should be applied to health care today. Many of the documents are downloadable as free PDF files, although a charge is made for paper copies.

The Toolkit has 3 main parts, each divided into a number of chapters addressing specific issues:

Part 1: Establishing a national eHealth vision – with chapters including national contexts for eHealth, engaging with stakeholders, drafting an initial vision, and gathering information on the eHealth environment.

Part 2: Developing a national eHealth action plan – with chapters including developing eHealth action lines, determining high-level resource requirements, applying funding constraints to refine plans, and defining implementation phases.

Part 3: Monitoring and evaluation – with chapters including developing an eHealth monitoring and evaluation framework, defining baseline and target measures for indicators, and defining supporting governance and processes.

Colleagues accessing these materials may also wish to explore the workshop materials of the Joint ITU-WHO Workshop on e-Health Standards and Interoperability, held Geneva, 26-27 April 2012 – available at http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/Workshops-and-Seminars/e-Health/201204/Pages/default.aspx

July 16, 2012 Posted by | ehealth, ITU, WHO | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bulletin of the World Health Organization: Volume 90, Number 7, July 2012, 477-556

The July 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization is now available at http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/90/7/en/index.html

The Bulletin is available in a variety of different formats, including on electronic publishing devices, Kindle readers and as a Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) digital talking book. Abstracts and other items are available in عربي‎, 中文, Français, Русский and Español.

The DAISY digital format assists people who have challenges using regular printed media. DAISY digital talking books offer the benefits of regular audiobooks, but also include navigation. For more information about Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) digital talking book, see http://www.daisy.org

July 12, 2012 Posted by | journals, WHO | , | 1 Comment

e-Health Standards and Interoperability – Report on
 Joint ITU-WHO Workshop

A joint ITU-WHO workshop on “e-Health standards and Interoperability” was held at ITU headquarters in Geneva, 26-27 April. It gathered experts from the healthcare and ICT communities to discuss means of leveraging today’s advanced communications capabilities to achieve more efficient, cost-effective and equitable health services worldwide. IMIA participated in the workshop, and the IMIA CEO, Dr Peter Murray, chaired one of the discussion sessions.

A summary report on the workshop, together with links to presentations, is available via the ITU website – see http://bit.ly/KIvIHC

Actions were suggested to the various stakeholders, including:

Suggested ITU-WHO actions:
– Joint policy brief on the essentiality of standards and interoperability to the exchange of medical data, as well as outreach activities to educate policy-makers and business leaders on the relevance and application of e-health standards
– Creation of an e-health Working Group to advise ITU and WHO on steps to be taken in the future
– Collaborate with other Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) to create an information portal detailing all available healthcare standards and best practices in their application

SDO actions:
– Coordinate with the new HL7 initiative on mobile e-health
– ITU and HL7 to develop a specification for the use of ITU-T X.1303 CAP specification within HL7 to deliver health warning messages
– Consider effective cost models for e-health standards licensing
– Collaborate in the development of a common e-health standards roadmap; ensuring no work is duplicated, and encouraging a converged view on the structure of data and information in the e-health context.

June 6, 2012 Posted by | conference, ehealth, standards, WHO | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Special theme: e-health, May 2012

The Special Theme issue on e-health of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Volume 90, Number 5, May 2012, 321-400) has been published today, 01 May, 2012. The full content is available online via http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/90/5/en/index.html

Individual articles are readable and downloadable in a variety of formats (including HTML files, PDF files, and e-reader formats). Abstracts and other items are available in عربي‎, 中文, Français, Русский and Español

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2012;90:321-321. doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.000512

Writing in the editorials, Najeeb Al-Shorbaji & Antoine Geissbuhler discuss how to establish an evidence base for e-health; JEWC van Gemert-Pijnen et al. look at ways to improve the credibility of e-health technologies. In the news section, Claire Keeton examines ways of measuring e-health impact, Michael Dumiak looks into the future of e-health, and in an interview, five leading e-health thinkers debate key challenges in the field.

Among other items, Phil Seidenberg et al. examine how mobile phone texting helped diagnosis in infants, Maria Beatriz Alkmim et al. assess how a telehealth network has helped patients, Jørn Braa et al. examine how workshops have boosted data use in Zanzibar, and Soatiana Rajatonirina et al. look at the African island’s ‘real time’ surveillance system. Richard Wootton et al. discuss how telemedicine delivers humanitarian services, Trevor Lewis et al. present findings from the Center for Health Market Innovations, Frances S Mair et al. examine factors that promote or inhibit e-health implementation, and John D Piette et al. discuss the next step for e-health in low and middle-income countries.

The production of this Special Theme issue has been made possible by  the dedicated work of the project team over the past 18 months, lead by IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler and Najeeb Al-Shorbaji from WHO, and involving many IMIA colleagues within the project team, as authors and as reviewers. The production was also supported financially by several donor and sponsor organisations (including PEPFAR and IDRC). The first editorial, Establishing an evidence base for e-health: the proof is in the pudding, by Najeeb Al-Shorbaji & Antoine Geissbuhler gives some of the background to the production of this Special Theme issue: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/90/5/12-106146/en/index.html

The Bulletin, one of the world’s leading public health journals, is a peer-reviewed monthly with a special focus on developing countries. The Bulletin is one of the top 10 public and environmental health journals. It is essential reading for all public health decision-makers and researchers who require its special blend of research, well-informed opinion and news.

IMIA is a Non Government Organization (NGO) in special relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).

May 8, 2012 Posted by | ehealth, journals, WHO | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nursing Informatics: April Events, and SINI Deadline Extended to 26 March

The deadline for submission of abstracts for the 22nd Annual Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI), organised by the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been extended to 26 March, 2012. Information is on the SINI website at http://nursing.umaryland.edu/sini/

This 22nd SINI will be held on July 18-20, 2012 (see http://nursing.umaryland.edu/sini/). The theme of the 2012 SINI will be “National and Global Priorities in Informatics and Health Care”. For 2012, the schedule will change a little from previous years, and SINI will be three full days (Wednesday to Friday), with pre-conference tutorials on 16 and 17 July. As in recent years, SINI will be held at the University of Maryland School of Nursing buildings, 655 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD.

Two nursing informatics events will be held in the USA in April 2012:

– the ANIA-CARING 2012 Conference will be in Orlando, Florida on 12-14 April. The theme will be “Nursing informatics: making a big splash” and information is on the ANIA-CARING website at http://www.ania-caring.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=128112

Three Keynote Speakers are confirmed for the event:  Robin Raiford, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS,  Executive Director, Federal Affairs Allscripts; Dr. Jim Cato, Ed.D, MHS, MSN, RN, CRNA, Chief Nursing Officer at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; and Cheryl D. Parker, PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Rubbermaid Medical Solutions. The conference tracks address Education & Career Development; Adoption and Optimization Strategies; Measuring and Monitoring for Outcome Attainment; Innovative Achievements; and Leadership Development in Nursing Informatics.

– the 30th Annual International Interprofessional Technology Conference organised by Rutgers College of Nursing will be held on 14-18 April at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Information is at http://nursing.rutgers.edu/conferences/30th-annual-international-interprofessional-technology-conference The theme will be “Using technology to improve healthcare globally”, and speakers will include Gil Kuperman, Marion Ball, Casimir Kulikowski, Polun Chang and Diane Skiba.

March 19, 2012 Posted by | conference, education, nursing, WHO | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Establishing an evidence base for e-health: WHO Bulletin – Call Closes 20 November

The open call for contributions to a Special Theme Issue of the Bulletin, on the theme “Establishing an evidence base for e-health” closes on 20 November, 2011. We encourage all IMIA members and colleagues to publicise this as widely as possible to their members, contacts, networks, etc. We also ask all IMIA members and friends, especially those in low and middle income countries, to consider contributing to this call.

The Editorial/Call can be found at http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/6/en/index.html (HTML version) or downloadable PDF file at http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/6/11-090274.pdf Manuscripts should respect the Guidelines for contributors and mention the call for papers in a covering letter. All submissions will go through the Bulletin’s peer review process. Please submit to: http://submit.bwho.org

IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler and Najeeb Al Shorbaji (WHO Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing) published the Editorial and Call for Papers in the June 2011 edition of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Titled “Establishing an evidence base for e-health: a call for papers”, the editorial is an open call for contributions to a Special Theme Issue of the Bulletin. This is part of a joint project between IMIA and, among others, a range of US government agencies (including PEPFAR, CDC, and USAID), IDRC, as well as the Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHIP). In addition to the open call, commissioned papers on specific topics from within IMIA and from among the wider global health informatics community are being developed.

As Antoine and Najeeb note: “Evidence is needed to promote equity of access to information and health services, and to strengthen activities and programmes that support local, regional, national and global health communities. There is a critical need to communicate evidence and to provide examples of best practice in the development of effective and efficient solutions to major health challenges.” The objectives of the theme issue of the Bulletin are [1] to provide an authoritative, critical and independent overview of knowledge about the appropriate, transdisciplinary methods and applications in e-health; [2] to include contributors from developing countries who typically do not have the opportunity to publish in international journals; and [3] to disseminate the key findings of this theme issue to high-level decision-makers, to promote a stronger commitment on e-health interoperability issues and its wider application.

The Bulletin, one of the world’s leading public health journals, is a peer-reviewed monthly with a special focus on developing countries. The Bulletin is one of the top 10 public and environmental health journals. It is essential reading for all public health decision-makers and researchers who require its special blend of research, well-informed opinion and news.

IMIA is a Non Government Organization (NGO) in special relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).

October 7, 2011 Posted by | IMIA, journals, research, WHO | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health – PAHO/WHO Webinar, Nov. 3

The latest in the series of PAHO/WHO monthly live webinars on Equity and Health – Access to Information, titled “Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health”, will be offered on Thursday, 3rd November 2011, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM WDC time (check the local time in your own town at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html)

With a hands-on approach, this two-hour online workshop will train participants on how to use the online tools available through the Virtual Health Library (VHL), as well as from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Online Databases, effectively. Furthermore, this online workshop will highlight other Web resources tailored to the public health workforce.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify resources to support public health programs and activities
  • Retrieve information in support of evidence-based public health
  • Obtain data sets and statistics relevant to public health on state, local, national, regional and world levels
  • Identify resources available to stay informed of developments related to public health and environmental health

Instructor: Lorely Ambriz Irigoyen, M.S.I.S , PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office Knowledge Management & Communications

The event is free, and no prior registration is required. To log in, simply type your name and organization) of participants at  https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=1110&password=M.A4FA308B5F1FA6CD60DB62C0137303

PAHO/WHO Webinars are free and open to interested people. You may attend virtually from your personal or work computer anywhere in the world. In addition to  watching live presentations, you will have the option to ask questions and  provide comments. You just need a computer, internet connection, speakers and  a mic/headphone. You will also be able to write comments and continue the discussion after the webinar.

For additional information, please contact AnaLucia Ruggiero ruglucia@paho.org

October 7, 2011 Posted by | education, PAHO, WHO | , , | Leave a comment

mHealth: New horizons for health through mobile technologies – WHO Publication

The latest publication in the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth series – Volume 3 mHealth: New horizons for health through mobile technologies is now available at  http://www.who.int/goe/publications/ehealth_series_vol3/en/index.html

The report notes that mobile phones are now the most widely used communication technology in the world, and continue to spread at an exponential rate, especially in developing countries. The report explores how mobile devices are being used for health around the world, and includes a series of detailed case studies highlighting best practices in mHealth in different settings.

The report is a PDF file (3.4 MB).

June 14, 2011 Posted by | miscellany, WHO | , , | Leave a comment

Establishing an evidence base for e-health: a call for papers, Bulletin of the World Health Organization

IMIA President Antoine Geissbuhler and Najeeb Al Shorbaji (WHO Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing) have published an Editorial and Call for Papers in the current (June 2011) edition of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Titled “Establishing an evidence base for e-health: a call for papers”, the editorial is an open call for contributions to a Special Theme Issue of the Bulletin. The Editorial/Call can be found at http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/6/en/index.html (HTML version) or downloadable PDF file at http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/6/11-090274.pdf

This is part of a joint project between IMIA and, among others, a range of US government agencies (including PEPFAR, CDC, and USAID), IDRC, as well as the Global Health Informatics Partnership (GHIP). In addition to the open call, a project team will also be commissioning papers on specific topics from within IMIA and from among the wider global health informatics community.

As Antoine and Najeeb note: “Evidence is needed to promote equity of access to information and health services, and to strengthen activities and programmes that support local, regional, national and global health communities. There is a critical need to communicate evidence and to provide examples of best practice in the development of effective and efficient solutions to major health challenges.” The objectives of the theme issue of the Bulletin are [1] to provide an authoritative, critical and independent overview of knowledge about the appropriate, transdisciplinary methods and applications in e-health; [2] to include contributors from developing countries who typically do not have the opportunity to publish in international journals; and [3] to disseminate the key findings of this theme issue to high-level decision-makers, to promote a stronger commitment on e-health interoperability issues and its wider application.

The International Medical Informatics Association will provide quality control and mentoring to ensure that these contributors get the appropriate level of support, if required. Review papers will be commissioned to teams of authors, with a mix of internationally-recognized senior scientists and contributors who may have valid experiences and perspectives without writing practice. An important goal of this project is to develop writing capacities through a joint authorship and mentoring process.

The deadline for submissions is 20 November 2011. Manuscripts should respect the Guidelines for contributors and mention this call for papers in a covering letter.
NOTE: All submissions will go through the Bulletin’s peer review process. Please submit to: http://submit.bwho.org

We ask all IMIA members and colleagues to publicise this as widely as possible to their members, contacts, networks, etc. We also ask all IMIA members and friends, especially those in low and middle income countries, to consider contributing to this call.

The Bulletin, one of the world’s leading public health journals, is a peer-reviewed monthly with a special focus on developing countries. The Bulletin is one of the top 10 public and environmental health journals with an impact factor of 5.4, according to the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI). It is essential reading for all public health decision-makers and researchers who require its special blend of research, well-informed opinion and news.

IMIA is a Non Government Organization (NGO) in special relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO).

June 1, 2011 Posted by | IMIA, journals, WHO | , , , , , | Leave a comment